Stuttgarter Kickers

This club will almost always remain in the shadow of the much larger VfB, but despite limited resources, they have often risen to the occasion to surprise. All things considered, you have to admire the spunk and determination of the club, and they truly have one of the classic team logos in German soccer to boot.

The club was founded in 1899, with the "deliberate exclusion of rugby." Originally, "Kickers" was spelled with a "C". Generally, the concentration has been exclusively, although ping-pong and field hockey made inroads. Happily, the hockey players were "kicked" out in the late 1950s, allowing thereby allowing focus on more worthwhile endeavors, such as soccer referees.

Success on the field was rather limited, but by the late 1970s and early 1980s, the club had established itself as a regular fixture in the 2nd division. After 14 straight 2.Liga years, in 1987/88 they achived the tremndous feat of reaching the DFB Cup final and promotion into the Bundesliga. This high flight lasted only one season, but by 1991, they were back in the Bundesliga. However this return proved to be bittersweet, as not only were the Kickers relegated, but rivals VfB Stuttgart took the whole enchilada, winning the Bundesliga title.

The next few seasons were crap, as Kickers basically paid the price, and eventually had to spend a couple of years in the Regionalliga. After a couple of seasons, they were back in the 2.Liga, were they have generally played decently. The 1998-99 season was rather lame for Kickers, and foretold further difficulties. The next year, the team collapsed, and despite a late season rush, the Kickers were only able to secure a 1-1 draw at already relegated Karlsruhe. An injury time goal by St.Pauli in their match meant that Kickers were relegated on goal difference. Luckily for them, a couple of weeks later, they were reprieved, as Tennis Borussia Berlin was denied a 2.Liga license, and were forcibly relegated. No matter, as in 2001, it was time to pay the piper and go down.

Since then, Kickers has really struggled. Although mostly unimpressive in the then 3rd level Regionalliga, the club qualified for the new combined 3.Liga. This proved to be a disaster, as Kickers got off to a horrible start, and despite some late season decent performances, they finished dead last. As a result, Kickers is now in the 4th level, their worst in recent club history.

Fullname Sportverein Stuttgarter Kickers e.V.
Foes Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg). Pop: 587,000 (2002)
Address Königsstraße 56, Postfach 700443, 70597 Stuttgart
Phone: (0711) 767100 Fax: (0711) 767110
Colors All blue with white trim. Road uniform is yellow jersey, blue shorts, yellow socks. For some odd reason, they also have a yellow-black striped jersey with black shorts.
Nickname Die Kickers (now that's a surprise!), also Die Blauen (the Blues) or Die Blauen-Götter (the Blue-Gods).
Stadium Waldaustadion. Capacity: 11,544 (1,380 seats)
Originally built in 1905, the last major refurbishment was done in 1976. It was known as Stadion Degerloch until 1998. Located beneath the high Fersehenturm (TV tower), so it should be easy to find. This small stadium is owned by the city. During the two flights in the Bundesliga, they played in the Neckarstadion along with VfB.
Tickets Not much of a problem at all. 7-30 euros, with VIP cards for 58 euros (2004).
Supporters There is an officially supported fan club, FADSKI (Fan Abteilung der Stuttgarter Kickers). It costs some 30 euros to join, and you supposedly get advantages, such as bus tours to away games, ticket and merchandise purchase. Perhaps they organize street battles with visiting "firms" like Millwall. (Just kidding!) If you plunk down 20 euros, you can get the Kickers-CD, which has various songs, including four by the team.
Foes Obviously VfB Stuttgart, although they rarely play. Karlsruhe is a regional rival.
Heroes 13 German internationals, the best known is Edmund Conen (1934-42). Eugen Kipp scored the only goal game in Germany's first international victory in 1909.
Beer Schwaben-Bräu, part of the combo with Dinkel-Acker.
Pub Grub
The Net Official site: . Among the fan pages are Heiko Koehler's , which includes more historical detail. Also good is Timo's page

	Recent History
2012-13 (III)   3.Liga                  20th
2011-12 (IV)    Regionalliga Süd        1st
2010-11 (IV)    Regionalliga Süd        2nd
2009-10 (IV)    Regionalliga Süd        9th
2008-09 (III)   3.Liga                  20th
2007-08 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        10th
2006-07 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        4th
2005-06 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        8th
2004-05 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        9th
2003-04 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        9th
2002-03 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        15th
2001-02 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        12th
2000-01 (II)    2.Bundesliga            17th

1999-00 (II)    2.Bundesliga            15th
1998-99 (II)    2.Bundesliga            13th
1997-98 (II)    2.Bundesliga            12th
1996-97 (II)    2.Bundesliga            5th
1995-96 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        1st
1994-95 (III)   Regionalliga Süd        2nd
1993-94 (II)    2.Bundesliga            16th
1992-93 (II)    2.Bundesliga            15th
1991-92 (I)     BUNDESLIGA              17th
1990-91 (II)    2.Bundesliga            3rd

1989-90 (II)    2.Bundesliga            4th
1988-89 (I)     BUNDESLIGA              17th
1987-88 (II)    2.Bundesliga            1st 
1986-87 (II)    2.Bundesliga            7th 
1985-86 (II)    2.Bundesliga            6th 
1984-85 (II)    2.Bundesliga            9th
1983-84 (II)    2.Bundesliga            8th
1982-83 (II)    2.Bundesliga            5th 
1981-82 (II)    2.Bundesliga            7th
1980-81 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        3rd

1979-80 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        3rd 
1978-79 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        9th 
1977-78 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        10th
1976-77 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        10th
1975-76 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        16th
1974-75 (II)    2.Bundesliga Süd        16th
1973-74 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        6th 
1972-73 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        8th 
1971-72 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        11th
1970-71 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        10th

1969-70 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        12th
1968-69 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        4th
1967-68 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        4th
1966-67 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        4th 
1965-66 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        5th
1964-65 (II)    Regionalliga Süd        7th 
1963-64	(II)	Regionalliga Süd	14th

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